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Clear Your Makeup Clutter For Spring!

By Sheila Arkee

When your bookshelf looks something like this and you can hardly find anything, you know it’s time for some spring cleaning realness. Painted Ladies Halls With an active six year old running around, it’s so easy for me to just throw stuff in piles or without much form or function. However, I always get to the point where I feel overwhelmed with stuff and know it’s time to clean up. The same goes for my makeup collection, which can get out of hand rather quickly given my life as a beauty blogger. Painted Ladies Halls 3 The suggested guidelines for discarding beauty items are as follow:

  • Mascara – 3 months
  • Cleansers and moisturizers – 6 months
  • Cream products – 12 months
  • Liquid foundation, lipstick, and lipgloss – 12 months
  • Makeup sponges – 1 month
  • Pencil liners (lip and eye): 3 years

Although I don’t tend to follow the guidelines for throwing away makeup very strictly (10 year old lipstick, anyone?), by and large please toss anything that smells bad or causes any kind of skin irritation. While powder products that don’t contain water to introduce bacteria can last for many years, you will definitely want to keep an eye out for creamy, water-based products that have turned the tide and are no longer appropriate to wear.

If you feel overwhelmed with cosmetics clutter, consolidate! Too many single eyeshadow and blush containers lying around? Invest in empty metallic makeup palettes and look up depotting tutorials on YouTube. The same goes for cream concealers and lipsticks which can be melted in the microwave and replaced in palettes.

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  • http://www.makeuplifelove.com/ jamie @makeuplifelove

    Great beauty tips on timeline of quality. And love the tip to store items by deporting them. Great post!!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    I want to organize those books so hard right now lol I don’t throw out makeup as much as I should either. As evidenced by the one I found today that was white. That originated as pink =

  • BeautyJudy

    Love the depotting tip for concealers etc.!!

  • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

    I can’t seem to throw makeup away! I have tossed out some smelly lippies, but that’s about it. I get so excited when I find something tucked away that I haven’t used for awhile – it’s like Christmas! lol

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I’m constantly giving away makeup since I own so much.

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Cosmetics Aficionado

    I have tried several times to weed out products, but I am a hoarder through and through lol

  • Aleya Bamdad

    I tend to give away my makeup and skincare products as soon as I review them so that they don’t go to waste. I can’t take clutter.

  • Anastasia

    I’m doing some major makeup spring cleaning right now, I have bags and bags of things I’m throwing away!

  • Noelle

    I’m currently going through mine to see what I actually use and what I don’t.

  • Amber

    I so need to do some spring cleaning and organizing of the beauty stash.

  • Norah Salazar

    Because I am a makeup artist, I tend to have my stuff organized and deported/ decanted but throwing out makeup that is too old, is definitely great advice for everyone.

  • http://www.cosmetically-challenged.com Melody Robinson Wright

    I was just cleaning out my clutter yesterday. Got rid of a lot of stuff which shows me I need to slow down on what I purchase.

  • http://www.geniabeme.com/ Eugenia

    I hate cleaning :( I need to but I just hate it!

  • Justina

    I was recently forced to clean out my collection with our big move coming up!

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    I haaaate cleaning! :(

  • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

    Cleaning is the least favorite thing. I need to declutter my stash too!

  • Kelly R

    I seriously need to declutter.

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    I don’t have allergies, but I use Halls for sore throats and coughs. And I need to declutter like crazy!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I hear ya! I have 2 top choices when cough/cold/allergy strikes: Halls and Ricola

  • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

    Halls is great when you have allergies. I have them bad right now! It’s awful

  • kSquaredGlamour

    i have been doing some spring cleaning lately and love how much less cluttered my life is getting lol

  • cindyprimebeauty

    I love HALLS for my dry allergy throat!

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    Ahhh, don’t remind me. I’m preparing to move interstate and the amount of mess I need to cull is ridiculous.